GOP spending plan would blunt some sequester impacts

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP) (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

House Republicans on Monday proposed legislation to keep the government running after the existing short-term spending plan expires on March 27.

The plan would freeze salary rates for federal employees but mitigate some of the impacts of the deep, government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester, which took effect on Friday.

Overall, the $85 billion in reductions would still take place, but with slightly more flexibility.

The continuing resolution, as temporary funding measures are known, would include $982 billion in spending.

The bill would provide funding to help the FBI and Customs and Border Protection maintain current staffing levels, as well increase spending on embassy security and wildfire suppression efforts. Additionally, it would prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement from defunding beds in detention facilities that hold illegal immigrants.

ICE released several hundred undocumented immigrants last week in anticipation of the sequester, drawing criticism from Republicans.

President Obama indicated last week that he would likely accept the GOP proposal in order to avoid a government shutdown after the existing continuing resolution expires.

For more information about the Republican plan, see the full story from Washington Post congressional reporter Rosalind S. Helderman.


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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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